Archive for September 15th, 2018

“Valentine (Challenge Series Book 1)” by Kiru Taye

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Valentine (Challenge Series Book 1)

by Kiru Taye

Genre: Romance/African-American

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Three friends. Three challenges. Are they willing to risk everything for love?

Life is good for ex-soldier turned entrepreneur Michael Ede. Or so he thinks. When his friends set him a challenge to exorcise the memory of a woman from his past, he expects it to be a walk in the park.

Socialite Kasie Bosa is spitting fire at men. Her long-term boyfriend has asked for a break via text message of all things. Fuming, she’s told him to go take a dive off the nearest bridge. So the next man who crosses her path is at risk of being shredded with her spa manicured nails.

Bad news for Michael who has chosen her as the object of his challenge. But neither of them can deny the sizzling chemistry between them nor control their responses, it seems. It’s the season of love. Will they escape unscathed?

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“Shifters Forever: The Boxed Set Books 1-6” by Elle Thorne

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Shifters Forever: The Boxed Set Book 1-6 (Shifters Forever Worlds Boxed Set)

by Elle Thorne

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/Multicultural/Werewolves & Shifters

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Shifters Forever takes place in the mountains of Bear Canyon Valley. Here we find the happy-ever-afters of a set of grizzly bears and their fated mates.

PROTECTION
Grizzly bear shifter Grant Waters wants one woman—Curvy Chelsea O’Reilly. He’s wanted her since they met. Except he’s worried his secret may be too much for her. It may be what sets her running.

Curvaceous Chelsea works at a salon in Bear Canyon Valley. She gets butterflies when Grant’s around. But she’s got her own baggage. Plus, she thinks that Grant would be better off with the local, stunning, curvy, widowed-way-too-early Mae Forester.

SEDUCTION
Astra Evans is a curvy, delicious firebrand who thinks that the only good shifter is a dead shifter. With two exceptions, of course. 😉 And Kane Ortiz is NOT one of those exceptions.

Kane’s a mountain-sized grizzly bear shifter who wants one thing. To avoid a group of shifters hunting him down.

Except he’s got a problem. Astra. That damned, sexy, hottie with the curves that don’t end. Good luck, Kane. You’re gonna need it.

PERSUASION
Mae’s at it again! Kelsey Torrent is a curvy, delicious hottie who has only loved one man Guilt pushed her away. Secrets kept her away.

She agreed to work for Mae, getting the new B & B ready for a big wedding. She did NOT agree to work with the man who broke her heart.

Bear shifter Teague Navarro has always been a one-woman kind of man. Why the hell did Mae call him work with the one woman he can’t exchange a civil word with?

INVITATION
Sexy bear shifter Tanner Navarro has an invitation to the wedding, he’s got an invitation to Bear Canyon Valley, but he doesn’t have an invitation to sexy, curvy Marti’s heart—or bed.

Marti’s secrets are life or death. Tanner and his bear know they’re up to the job. Now they have to convince Marti.

TEMPTATION
Joe’s got a problem. There’s a curvy bear shifter trespassing in Bear Canyon Valley. And he’s been charged with taking care of the matter.

Looks like he’s got two problems, because he didn’t count on wanting her.
She’s a curvy bear shifter that wants to be left alone. Tell that to Joe.

ATTRACTION
Second chances are great.

Why doesn’t sexy shifter Jake Evans, known to the Bear Canyon Valley shifters as Doc get it?
Mae’s brewing up a storm. She’s successful at finding mates for all the shifters in the valley.
All but one. The one she’s in love with.

BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance
If hot sex skeeves you out, you may want to pass on this book.
If freaky, downright dirty sexy talk bothers you, yeah, for sure you gotta pass on this one.
We believe in sex–hot, dirty, delicious sex.
Yup, make it sweaty, too. It’s not just sex, it’s about the romance.
But good romance has sex, and we keep the doors open! Oh, and the lights on! 😉

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“Boring is the New Black (The Fashionista and the Geek Book 1)” by Megan Bryce

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Boring is the New Black (The Fashionista and the Geek Book 1)

by Megan Bryce

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romantic Comedy

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Famous name? Check.
Famous face? Double check.
A life locked up tight? Lock and key.

The daughter of a famed supermodel, Nicole Bissette has unwillingly lived her entire life in the spotlight. And she’s learned that to keep unwanted attention from herself, it’s best if she never smiles, never laughs. Never lets anyone close.

Especially her employees. Especially that one employee who lives to make her laugh, who loves to see her smile, and who doesn’t seem to realize that he works for a fashion designer. Does he not know? Can he not see? Is that really what he’s wearing?

This fashionista is about to discover that love really is blind…

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“Wicked Fall (Wicked Horse Book 1)” by Sawyer Bennett

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Wicked Fall (Wicked Horse Book 1)

by Sawyer Bennett

Genre: Western/Romance

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Never in your wildest dreams could you begin to imagine all the filthy and depraved things that go on inside The Wicked Horse. Step inside and Woolf Jennings will make every one of your dirty fantasies come true.

He’s covered in a facade of deception. An enticing blend of multi-millionaire and hot-as-hell Wyoming rancher, those that think they know Woolf Jennings admire his abilities to preside as CEO of his family’s cattle and oil empire. But only a privileged few truly understand what fuels the glitter of depravity in those gorgeous blue eyes. Only a few know he’s opened up a sinfully erotic and private sex club named The Wicked Horse right at the base of the beautiful Teton Mountain range.

Sweet Callie Hayes has returned home to Wyoming and is looking forward to starting her life over again. After a night of impetuosity, she’s managed to put herself right in Woolf’s line of sight… the man who she foolishly offered up her virginity to years ago and was flatly turned down.

Now Woolf is seeing that Callie is all grown up and has a kinky side to her that leaves him as confused as it does turned on. Worse yet, both Callie’s dirty desires and sweet heart are getting under his skin, and making Woolf question everything he’s ever believed about himself.

**Warning: this book has sex in it. Lots of sex. Dirty sex. The Wicked Horse Series is a bit different than what Sawyer Bennett normally writes. While you’ll still enjoy fabulous characters, a suspenseful story, some witty banter and an epic romance, there’s just… a lot of sex. You’ve been warned.

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“Gravity” by Shani Greene-Dowdell

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Gravity

by Shani Greene-Dowdell

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Short Stories

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Keno Knight can’t stop the pull he feels when he’s around Laney Morrison. Something tugs at his heart when he sees the sadness in her eyes, and even in her smile. He wants to offer her more than her man is giving her, but not before she’s ready to accept it.

Laney Morrison made the biggest mistake of her life when she dropped out of college her senior year and married Barron. It didn’t take long for his possessive ways to turn to physical abuse and isolate her from everyone she knows and loves.

When Barron and Keno meet, it won’t be pretty. The battle for Laney’s heart is something both men are ready for, but is Laney willing to start all over again, or will she stay with what she knows?

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Fibromyalgia and Vibration Therapy

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Dr. John Harvey Kellogg was an odd fellow to say the least. He invented several strange medical devices, insisted on high-powered enema machines, and was even a vocal activist for the eugenics movement of the day. Kellogg was convinced that sex was terribly unhealthy and the cause of most diseases. Thus, he became an ardent supporter of the Victorian-era’s anti-masturbation campaign. He even boasted being married for 40 years and never having sex with his wife, although that sounds like a poor excuse for covering up something else, in my opinion. For Kellogg, a key way to combat the maladies that came from such activity – bad posture, mood swings, bashfulness, and boldness to name a few – was primarily through diet. For example, he developed both the initial concept for and also the name “granola.” Working with his brother Will Kellogg, he also created Corn Flakes. These were literally part of his anti-masturbation crusade.

That’s why it’s incredibly ironic that among Kellogg’s inventions was the vibrating chair. Allegedly, it was used to stimulate the vital organs in the lower abdomen. Apparently, you can still visit the Kellogg Discovery Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, and sit on this chair yourself. I have no idea if it’s plugged in, but you can imagine the potential effect the chair had on women. He may have gotten the idea from others who were developing vibration therapy machines for medical use as well. For example, Joseph Mortimer Granville invented a handheld battery-operated device, called Granville’s Hammer, to relieve muscle aches and pains. He sold his vibrator to physicians who used them on women to treat so-called “hysteria” in women. That’s right…they used vibrators on women to treat their “nerves.”

Is This Really a Medical Thing?

This probably isn’t where you thought this article was going. It’s actually not. The last time I mentioned masturbation as a healthful benefit to remediating the pain associated with fibromyalgia, half of you launched into angry tirades at the mere suggestion, while the other half gave virtual ‘high-fives.’ So, about half of you will be relieved to know this article is not about using vibrators. The other half will be mildly disappointed. But the above information does lay the groundwork for the health benefits of vibration therapy, or at least for the medical exploration of it since more than a century ago.

Although, arguably not the first to come up with the idea, Russian physician Gustav Zander invented a therapeutic vibration device in 1867. Even Dr. Kellogg proclaimed that his vibrating chair could cure you of constipation and improve circulation. As the decades passed, various space programs started using vibration therapy on astronauts to strengthen bone mass and muscles.

The Russians were especially adept at this, as explained by Dr. Christian H. Reichardt: “Cosmonauts used WBV [whole body vibration] machines to maintain bone mineral density and muscle strength. Instead of being too weak to walk upon returning from orbit, the Russian cosmonauts were returning from space in almost the same condition as when they left. Ever wonder why the Russians were so dominant in the Olympics during the 1980’s? You guessed it…their athletes were using WBV regularly in training and rehabilitation programs.” So yeah…vibration therapy is really a medical thing.

What is Vibration Therapy Good For?

Science-Based Medicine explains, “Whole body vibration therapy (WBVT) refers to these legitimate physical vibrations. It is being offered as a treatment for balance, back pain, neurological disorders, and also simple fitness” [emphasis added]. And guess what, fibro folks? At least one study looked at WBVT for fibromyalgia patients and came to this conclusion: “‘Whole-body vibration could be an adequate treatment for fibromyalgia as a main therapy or added to a physical exercise programme as it could improve balance, disability index, health-related quality of life, fatigue, and pain.”

How Does Vibration Therapy Work?

In case you’re a little weirded out, wondering what in the world the therapy actually does, Science-Based Medicine explains, “WBVT is considered a passive exercise modality, in which something is being done to the person, rather than the person actively engaging in an activity, such as walking, weight lifting, or swimming. With WBVT users lay, sit, or stand on a platform that vibrates rapidly in one or more directions. The idea is that the rapid vibrations force the muscles of the body to contract in reaction, providing a form of exercise.”

Additionally, there is localized vibration therapy. In this case, a therapist will place a hand-held device directly on your muscles, such as thigh or back muscles. This causes the muscles to contract and relax. Reportedly, the benefits extend to the following:

  • Increase bone density
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Improve circulation
  • Reduce joint pain
  • Reduce back pain
  • Alleviate stress
  • Boost metabolism

There is even research showing that vibration therapy can have short-term effects on motor impairments in patients with Parkinson’s disease. You can purchase a number of therapy machines for your home through traditional resources like Amazon. But you can also talk to your healthcare practitioner for more specialized therapy that works according to your health needs.

 

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement is intended.

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“Holiday Surprise: Unwrapped” by Aliyah Burke

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Holiday Surprise: Unwrapped

by Aliyah Burke

Genre: Holiday/Romance/Erotica/Multicultural

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Kassia Green finds herself in Massachusetts—the last place she wants to be—to housesit for her cousin over Christmas. Not a fan of snow or cold, she would much rather be home, or even in the Caribbean. Little does she know returning from shopping one day will bring her face-to-face with a naked man in that very house.

Heath Dixon, former Army, takes his friend up on an offer to stay at his place, where he meets, Kassia. Despite their rocky start, she has him forgetting about his injury and thinking of all the ways they could keep warm at night.

As Christmas gets closer, they discover more about one another and Heath realizes he has no wish to lose her. Can he make her understand that sometimes the best holiday surprise can be unwrapped when you first discover it?

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